Presentation on theme: "Your Strongest Voice Amid the Crowd. "Charlie Boy“ Listen to the song and read the lyrics. What is the tone of the song? What evidence supports your answer?"— Presentation transcript:
Small Group Rules Everyone must participate This assignment is to be completed TOGETHER as a group, but each member must record answers. Roles ◦Readers- take turns reading the explanation of the political cartoon ◦Speakers- share group response with the class ◦Time Keeper- keeps up with time remaining
Text Connections How do these texts connect across time through the similarities of theme? Huckleberry Finn The Crucible The Things They Carried
“You read books, eh?” During the postwar anti-communist campaign hundreds of elementary and high school teachers were investigated and lost their jobs, sometimes as a result of being named by proliferating "anti- subversive" groups and individuals. Some individuals compiled and circulated their own blacklists, which were accepted by frightened employers and casting directors who feared being blacklisted themselves if they sought facts and fair play. The motives of some self-serving or vindictive accusers were summed up by Herb Block in a phrase: "If you can't crush the commies, you can nail a neighbor."
“We Now Have New and Important Evidence” August 11, 1954
“We Now Have New and Important Evidence” “Senator Joseph McCarthy's continued string of reckless charges of communism in government created such a sensation that the Senate appointed a special committee under Millard E. Tydings to investigate his "evidence." McCarthy managed to turn the hearings into a circus, each new charge obscuring the fact that earlier accusations weren't backed up. Despite a final report by the committee discrediting McCarthy's tactics and evidence, he emerged with more general support than ever. And "anti-subversive" hearings by other committees of Congress, particularly the Senate Internal Security Committee headed by Senator Pat McCarran (D-Nevada), continued treating rumors and unsupported charges as "evidence."’ http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/fire.html
“I Have Here in My Hand" ‘“In 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy went too far when he took on the United States Army, accusing it of promoting communists. The Senate held special hearings, known as the Army-McCarthy hearings, which were among the first to be televised nationally. In the course of testimony McCarthy submitted evidence that was identified as fraudulent. As both public and politicians watched the bullying antics of the Senator, they became increasingly disenchanted. Before the year was out McCarthy, whose charges had first hit the headlines in February 1950, was censured by his colleagues for "conduct unbecoming a senator."’ http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/fire.html
"Our position hasn't changed at all" June 17, 1965
After the State Department announced the possibility of a direct American combat role in Vietnam, the White House issued "clarifications," insisting that there had been no change in policy. On June 16, 1965, the Defense Department announced that 21,000 additional soldiers including 8,000 combat troops would go to Vietnam, bringing the total U.S. presence to more than 70,000 men. President Lyndon Johnson continued to obscure the extent of American involvement, contributing to a widespread perception of political untrustworthiness. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, based on a never-verified report of an attempted attack on an American ship, passed the Senate with only two dissenting votes, and gave Johnson all the authority he felt he needed to proceed with the escalation. “Our position hasn’t changed at all.”
“The other ascent into the unknown” June 10, 1965
During the presidential campaign of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson suggested that Republican candidate Barry Goldwater could not to be trusted to keep the U.S. out of war. But not long after his election, Johnson increased American involvement in the Vietnam war and moved ultimately to take over the war itself. In the same week that NASA sent the Gemini 4 space capsule into orbit, setting new records for a two-man flight, the State Department announced that Johnson had authorized a potential role for direct American military involvement in Vietnam if requested by the South Vietnamese authorities. Herb Block was prescient in his view that this constituted a major step in the involvement of U.S. forces in Indochina. “The other ascent into the unknown.”
“Now, as I was saying four years ago–” August 9, 1972. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/00652238/
“Now, as I was saying four years ago-” In his 1968 bid for the presidency, Richard Nixon announced to the war-weary country that he had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War. When he ran for re- election four years later, American troops were still fighting in Indochina, with casualties continuing to climb.
Bibliography All political cartoons and text explanations found on : http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herbloc k/fire.html
JOURNAL Herb Block, Arthur Miller and Tim O’Brien are just a few who have chosen to stand up against the injustices of their time by using their gifts; Block was a cartoonist, Miller, a playwright, and O’Brien, an author. What injustice would you choose to speak out against if given the chance? What skill would you employ to make sure your voice was heard?
Food for thought Is The Things They Carried just another form of protest on a war that has already happened? Identify a specific part of The Things They Carried that seems especially persuasive. How might O’Brien hope his novel impacts the future of war? Analyze “Charlie Boy” lyrics.